Whenever things in life get difficult, we typically want to avoid it. I have seen people spend more time and energy trying to avoid doing work than doing the work itself. For some, they waste time preparing for the task just to avoid doing the task. We certainly need to prepare and make sure we have all the resources at hand that the task will demand. We need to gather information and knowledge so that we can do that task well. But sometimes we can be guilty of prepping so that we do not have to feel guilty of not doing. We can also be guilty of avoiding news we do not really want to hear. For Christians, the coming of the Son of Man is great news, but for those lost without Christ, judgement awaits. What does the coming of the Son of Man mean for you?

Is the coming of the Son of Man the End of Time?

Most of us, at some level, understand an “end time” time is coming. Even non-Christians will speak of the end of the world. Hollywood has made a fortune off movies about the end of the world – everything from alien invasions to apocalyptic disease to nuclear bombs destroying the planet. We flock to such movies and enjoy them without ever considering the reality that the world as we know it will – at some point – come to an end. It’s the kind of news we want to avoid – but what God has ordained to come is going to happen. But Jesus gives us information so we can prepare and be ready. Through visions to prophets, John, and His own words, he prepares us for what is to come.

Is COVID19 a precursor to the coming of the Son of Man?

With COVID19, there have been those asking and wondering, “Is this the end times? Is this where 1/3 of the earth’s population will be killed?” Now that the vaccines are out, there are those trying to say that if you get the vaccine, it’s the “mark of the beast” Well, we are not going to debate if COVID is the end times because honestly, Jesus told us that even He does not know the appointed time. Only God knows. So, whenever you hear or see people saying that Jesus is returning on a certain date or that the end of the world is on a certain date – beware of the trap. Only God has that information (Mark 13:32)

Is the vaccine the “mark of the beast”? Revelation 13:16-18 says, “Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”

Notice the mark of beast will be given on the right hand or forehead — not the upper arm where the vaccines are given. Additionally, the mark of the beast is a number – 666. There is no number written on you when you get the vaccine. So you can be sure the vaccine is not the mark of the beast.

Signs of the Coming of the Son of Man

Yet, Jesus did give us some sings as we prepare for His return and he told us to watch for these signs. He didn’t issue forth a challenge and say, “I bet you can’t guess when I will return again.” He simply said “watch.” And the purpose for watching is so that we can know the time is near and be spiritually prepared for His coming. If we are spiritually prepared (meaning we have placed our faith and trust in Him as our Lord and Savior), then his coming is something we can look forward to with excitement and anticipation. But if we have not, then His coming again is something to dread and fear.

In Luke 21:7-29, He says there will be wars, earthquakes, famines, and persecution. In verses 20-24, He talks about the destruction of Jerusalem. And then in verses 25-28, He talks about the end of the age with the sun, moon, and stars doing abnormal things. He says the “celestial powers will be shaken.” Since the moon controls our tides, if the moon does an abnormal thing, it could trigger hurricanes or tsunamis. In verse 28, Jesus talks about a roaring and tossing sea and of people filled with anguish. He says, “People will faint from fear and expectation of the things that are coming on the world.” And then the final sign, is the coming of the “Son of Man.” Long before Jesus came, God gave a vision to Daniel about this event.

Daniel’s vision of the coming of the Son of Man

In Daniel 7:13-14, we read: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

What a description of Jesus! Jesus himself reiterates the Daniel passage in Luke 21:27-28. He says he will return in a cloud with great power and glory in such a way that the entire world will know the time has come. No one will sit around saying, “Is this it?” Everyone will know. And for every single person the meaning will be one of two possibilities: either it will be judgement day or redemption day. Those who are lost will face judgement day. But for the Christian, Jesus says: Look up! For your redemption has come.

What does the coming of the Son of Man mean for you? Judgement or Redemption?


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